NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 2nd February, 2018.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and lawmakers from the state in the House of Representatives, yesterday, raised alarm over planned attack on the state in the next 10 days.
The lawmakers have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to take action to stem the attack. The governor dropped hint of the attack yesterday in Jalingo when the National Chairman of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, paid him a condolence visit over the death of the member representing Takum in the State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi. He said the state has had its share of herdsmen attacks and killings since the beginning of the year, noting that the situation in his state was as bad as that of Benue. He said:  ‘’National chairman, it’s indeed a thing of joy for you and the National Working Committee, NWC, of our party to come and condole with us here in Taraba.  Mr. Chairman, I have all the members of Taraba State House of Assembly here with me, I have informed them that you are coming for condolences and they are all here with me. Security has deteriorated ‘’Mr. Chairman, to tell you how the Nigerian security has deteriorated, Hon. Hosea Ibi left me, just an hour later, I received a call from his colleague, Mark Useni, that Ibi was kidnapped directly opposite the 93 Battalion Ada Barrack, Takum, where he went that night to discuss with his mother and sisters. ‘’Mr. Chairman, it pains me as a governor because the first word I promised to the people of Taraba on the day I took the oath of office is ‘Give Me Peace and I Will Give You Development. And I want to ask Tarabans, have you seen the development? (The people said yes.) ‘’Mr. Chairman sir, development we have but peace is what we are battling with; I wonder those who drafted our constitution and left behind the constitution that would protect the lives and properties of our people. ‘’We copied our democracy from United States of America but we copied it wrongly; there, you have Marshals at the local government, you have the state police and you have the police at the federal level, and since I have been there, I have never seen the Army in any function, but here, they confine themselves at the federal level. ‘’I am a governor with a crown without a sword.  How can I perform?  How can I control  power? If I am here with my police and I have challenge, even if it is 12 mid night, I will solve the problem but you have to rely on federal police. ‘’If you give them instructions, they will tell you until they get clearance from Abuja. Before they get their clearance from Abuja, you have lost more than 100 lives.  We will be here asking both the Muslims and Christians to pray for peace because, all of a sudden peace is distorted. ‘’The best thing to do now is to look at the restructuring of our country, if we truly want to move forward. Now, the choice is ours on whether we want to build a country, otherwise, if we are not careful, one day we will be ruled by war lords. ‘’It is unfortunate that the police here don’t have the arms to defend themselves, let alone  defend others.  We, as opposition party, will keep talking because that is the only way we will bring an alternative to our people. ‘’Mr. Chairman, just the way you mentioned earlier that the basic responsibility of government is to protect lives and properties, you can imagine that some one went to his farm and his family is attacked and killed. The notice for attack ‘’As I talk to you now, there is a notice from unknown persons that Taraba State I’ll be under attack in the next 10 days; we are waiting.  We’re talking now so that at the end of the day, some will say we did not talk. ‘’I have said it that before now, helicopter had dropped arms and ammunition here in Taraba, let the authorities check very well before it will be too late.’’ APC has failed — PDP chairman Earlier in his speech, Chief Secondus, said the All Progressives Congress, APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had failed Nigerians and should be voted out in 2019. Secondus said the basic responsibility of any government was to protect lives and properties which the APC had failed to do in the past two years. He noted that since APC came to power, there had been senseless killings without justification and destruction of properties worth billions of naira across the country, while the government was not leaving up to beat the insecurity challenges. The PDP chairman also called on the National Assembly to extend their investigation to Taraba killings the way it did with Benue. He also urged the National Assembly to quickly conduct more investigations on the rumor that Helicopter landed in Taraba State with arms to attack the people of the state, with a view to bringing to book those behind insecurity in Nigeria. Too many killings in Taraba — Lawmakers Similarly, lawmakers from the state in the House of Representatives also yesterday raised alarm that Fulani herdsmen had concluded plans to attack their constituents. Briefing journalists shortly after plenary, spokesman of the lawmakers, Isaac Danjuma Shiddi, APGA, Taraba, said:  “We painfully wish to inform President Muhammadu Buhari on planned attacks on Wukari/IlIbi Local Government Area of Taraba State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. “We have received information of their intention and if the Fulani says he is coming, definitely he will come to perfect his intentions.’’ Shiddi further said the areas had recently experienced attacks by unknown gunmen which caused needless deaths and extensive damage to the socio-economic lives of the residents. According to him, attacks on Matar-fada, Jibu road, Ibua in Ibi local government, Tse-Ikyande in Wukari local government and Jandekyula village in Wukari local government have left scores dead and many injured. “Others are in Gborcha where three persons were killed, Kaameh in Ibi local government where the village head was killed and Dan-wanzam also in Ibi local government where three persons were killed,” he added. Shiddi expressed worry that the attacks and the resultant deaths have not been unearthed and the perpetrators brought to justice. He said:  “This has created serious panic and unrest in the minds of our law abiding people and is fast eroding their confidence in the capacity of government to ensure their safety and protection from further attacks. “It is in view of the foregoing that we call on the security agencies to urgently move to prevent the imminent attacks on these communities. “This is of utmost necessity in order to forestall needless bloodshed and destruction of properties,” he noted. Other lawmakers present at the briefing included Rimamde Shawulu Kwewum and D.C Hosea. It’s responsibility of security agencies — Presidency Contacted for reaction on the issue yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Shehu Garba, said:  “It’s not in our position to react to this. You should get in touch with the Minister of Defence, the Inspector General of Police or the security agencies. They are in the right position to comment on this.” We can’t move without order from C-inC— Military In his reaction, Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-General John Agim, said the military was not the first line of defence. He said: “The governor of Taraba State, if he has information of any such planned or impending attack, should get in touch with the police authorities who are in charge of internal security. “If he feels the situation cannot be handled by the police, he should get in touch with the President and Commander- in-Chief. The military on its own cannot just move into a place without an order. ‘’The police are in charge. The military is the last line of defence. So the question as to what the military is doing to checkmate the alleged planned invasion does not arise.’’

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
FOLLOWING the toll review along Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway, by Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCC, motorists and commuters, yesterday groaned as they spent several hours on long queues on the road.

The LCC recently announced a hike in toll at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza, which took effect from February 1. The toll review elicited angry reactions, yesterday, from Lagosians, who ply the route. However, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, deployed to the area had a tough time controlling vehicles as a result of standstill traffic at the toll gates. Residents, motorists groan Refusal by most motorists to pay the fares resulted in long queues leading to traffic gridlock along the axis. Other motorists, who were impatient, were seen taking alternative routes. One of the motorists, Mr. Ayinla Hakeem, who expressed anger over the review, said: “This is unfair. This government should please have a human face. This is not what we voted for. We do not deserve this inhuman treatment in this harsh economic situation.” Another motorist, Mrs. Aita John, said: “Our income has not increased. Why should Lagos State government make life unbearable for people? Transporters will increase fares and so on. It will have multiplier effects. Not this time of the year. Are they looking for campaign money for election from the masses? The toll is too much even the initial toll was too much let alone this new one. This is unfair by Lagos State Government. Mixed reactions  trail review Meanwhile, mixed reactions have trailed the toll review. While National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, assured commuters that there won’t be an increase in transport fares, it welcomed the toll review. The NURTW chairman in Jakande, Alhaji Taofeek Oluwa, while addressing newsmen in Lagos, however, urged the LCC not to renege on its agreement. Oluwa said: “Following the announcement of the toll review at the Admiralty Circle Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Plaza by the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, there will be no fare increase.” Oluwa also stated they had been carried along by LCC in their decision making. He said: “It is encouraging that LCC carried the union along as one of the critical stakeholders consulted during the engagement process for the toll review which resulted in the minimal increase in toll charged the branded commercial buses. “From February 1, branded commercial buses popularly called ‘Danfo’ which previously paid N80.00 would be paying N90 for e-Tag payments and N100 for cash payments. “As long as LCC honours its agreement of our mutual understanding at the stakeholders’ meeting, we can confidently support LCC. “We assure commuters that they will not suffer any increase in the fares paid to board the branded commercial buses coming into or going out of Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway. The NURTW is happy to endorse the toll fare review,” Oluwa said.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency sack the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

According to the Senate, failure to do that, it would henceforth not attend to nominations from the Presidency, just as it vowed that it will not in any way, jettison its earlier position on the EFCC boss. According to the Senate, the impasse would persist until its power of confirmation of nominees to the boards of commissions established by enabling laws, but not listed in the 1999 Constitution as amended was clarified. Senate spokesman, Sabi Abdullahi made this known on Thursday while clearing the air on the controversies surrounding its suspension of the confirmation of nominees from president Muhmmadu Buhari.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
A minister in this government in 2015 boastfully told us that a serious goverment could fix power problems in Nigeria under six monthsThe post Coalition for what' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, yesterday, advised mothers in the state to resist placing their hope in 'faith healing homes' and rely primarily on trained experts and relevant health facilities for safe delivery and nursing of their children.The post Consult medical personnel, not faith healers, Wike tells nursing mothers appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Captain and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa will be sidelined for three weeks after he injured his knee in Wednesday night's CHAN semi-final against Sudan in Marrekesh.The post Ezenwa out for 3 weeks appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
THE Campaign for Democracy, CD, has accused service chiefs and other heads of security agencies in Nigeria of being biased and partial in carrying out their duties, warning that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder, if they fail to discharge their duties without bias.The post Security: CD accuses service chiefs of bias appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
BISHOPS of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province of Anglican Communion, have called on Imo State House of Assembly to, 'as a matter of urgency, enact a law that will not only prohibits the use of state resources to promote private businesses, such as cattle rearing, but also permanently outlaw open grazing,' in the state.The post Clerics urge Imo lawmakers to outlaw open grazing appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
CATHOLIC Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Archdiocese, Anthony Cardinal Okogie has asked President Muhammadu to focus more on the security challenges facing the country than preparing for the 2019 elections.The post Okogie to Buhari: Security more important than getting re-elected in 2019 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
ORGANISED Labour yesterday crippled Bristow and Caverton Helicoptersoperations over alleged unfair and discriminating labour practice by the two companies including expatriate quota abuse.The post Labour cripples Bristow Helicopters, Caverton operations appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Moves by an ad-hoc committee set up by All Progressives Congress, APC, and headed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, to reintroduce the abrogated offshore/ onshore dichotomy have drawn sharp criticism from Akwa Ibom State leaders.The post A-Ibom leaders kick moves to reintroduce offshore/onshore dichotomy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
NIGERIA and Niger Republic have concluded plans to establish a new oil refinery to meet the petroleum products needs of the two nations.The post Nigeria, Niger plan joint refinery, to sign agreement soon appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
CHAIRMAN of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kebbi State, Haruna Sa'aidu has said there is no cause for alarm in spite of the recent defection of the former governor of the state, Saidu Dakingari and 257 other members from PDP to All Progressives Congress, APC.The post Some members defection, no cause for alarm'Kebbi PDP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has paid the 2018 West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, examination fees of 432 indigent students across Kwara Central Senatorial District, amounting to N10.8 million.The post Saraki pays WAEC fees for 420 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
THE Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, recently showed what it means to be one's brother's keeper. Unlike others, he chose to be more than a mere sympathiser in the pathetic situation of Nigeria's international football star, Wilson Oruma.The post Kudos on rehabilitation efforts for Wilson Oruma appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The People's Democratic Party, PDP chairman in Ekiti State, Gboyega Oguntuase, blows hot in this interview, describing APC as a party of liars and irredeemable propagandists, whose empty achievement would accord them disgraceful defeat in the Ekiti governorship election.The post White Paper on Fayemi: Ekiti PDP, APC tango appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday paid a courtesy visit on his counterpart in Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, where he again reiterated support for a united and indivisible Nigeria.The post I am more Igbo than any other person because, says Ambode in Enugu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
NO fewer than 8,000 members of All Progressives Congress, APC, led by a former governorship aspirant of the party in the 2016 governorship election, Mr Blessing Agbomhere, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State.The post 8,000 dumps APC for PDP in Edo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, has said that while the Federal Government is determined to address the issues of farmers herdsmen clashes in Benue, it is constrained by the constitution.The post Grazing: Buhari constrained by the constitution says Itta Enangd appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
African leaders decided to refrain from issuing a resolution to criticise Donald Trump's alleged reference to their nations as 'shithole countries' because the U.S. president sent them a letter expressing respect for the continent.The post 'Shithole countries': Trumps letter prompts African leaders to refrain from criticising him appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
THE Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) office in the Federal Ministry of Finance has identified thousands of tax defaulters across the country and has written to them, requesting compliance before the expiration of the declaration period on 31 March.The post VAIDS identifies, contacts tax defaulters appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
THE number of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operating in Nigeria doubled over two years between 2011 and 2013, from 17.9 million to 39 million.The post MSMEs in Nigeria doubled in 2yrs 'Fidelity Bank MD appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
NOVA Merchant Bank Limited, a newly licensed merchant bank with a focus on wholesale banking, investment banking and asset management, formally commenced operations yesterday, unveiling its objective to re-establish merchant banking as a key economic driver by providing long-term funds and advisory services.The post NOVA Merchant Bank commences operations, promises new ideas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The naira Thursday depreciated to N360.57 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates to N360.57/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
CHIEF (Dr.) Alex Ifeanyi- chukwu Ekwueme, the Ide of Aguata, was a great hero, a rare gem and an outstanding politician of high integrity and principles, which is very rare in Nigeria. It hit me hard when I received the shocking notification on the morning of November 20th 2017, that Ide had passed on.The post Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party comprised of bandits, rogues, liars and simpletons are struggling to market their inherently defective product to Edo people.The post Rejection of Edo PDP can never be upturned appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Thursday warned the public against relying on speculative reports on the process of 9mobile sale.The post NCC warns against speculative reports on 9mobile sale appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
THE argument wasn't on whether or not Victor Umeh would emerge victorious in the January 13, 2018 Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election.The post After Umeh's senatorial triumph appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
National wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, has showered praises on the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for his huge contributions to the development of wrestling in the country.The post AWC: Adekuoroye hails Wike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic has said that their World Cup opening game against the Super Eagles is very important to them as it would decide their fate in the competition even as he described the Eagles as a young and hungry side ahead of the FIFA World Cup later in Russia.The post RUSSIA 2018: Nigeria gamell set tone for Croatia ' Coach Dalic appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Gernot Rohr has described Dele Ajiboye as 'wonderful', but it has been discovered that the Plateau United championship-winning goalkeeper is not in his plans for the World Cup.The post Ajiboye not in Rohr's World Cup plan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Thursday halted Lobi Stars' unbeaten run in the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season after beating the Makurdi-based side 1-0.The post NPFL Match Day 6 Review: Rangers, Go Round FC move up as Kwara United stun Lobi Stars appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Estranged husband to Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh, Churchill, has stopped his son from featuring in the Tonto Reality TV Show, produced by Linda Ikeji Media, pending the hearing of an originating motion in a suit before a family court of the Lagos State Magistrate.The post Churchill stops son from featuring in Tonto Reality TV Show appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
During an encounter with maverick entertainer, Charles Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy; the discussion centred on his quest to radically change the political landscape in Nigeria by encouraging young citizens to choose political participation at the expense of political apathy.The post Ourmumudondo: Nigerian needs mental and ballot revolution ' Charly Boy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
It is an immense favour of Allah the Exalted upon us Ahmadis that most of our youth as well as our elders understand that when one bows down and offers supplications before Allah the Exalted with great fervency and lamenting with humility, then Allah the Exalted listens to the prayers. Many people write to me as to how they sometimes become disappointed by everyone and whilst in a state of complete hopelessness, when they pray to Allah the Exalted, He manifests His Grace in a manner that it beco 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The University of Lagos, UNILAG Muslim community, UMC in collaboration with Muslim Ummah of South Western Nigerian and UNILAG Muslim Alumni recently honoured Prof. Rahmon Bello and former Bursar, Dr Lateef Odekunle for their exemplary leadership and selfless service to the ivory tower and the country at large.The post UNILAG Muslim community honours former VC, Bursar appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Al Muminaat, The Believing Women organisation has said that denial of the right to wear hijab is not only an affront to the chaste Muslim woman, adding that the act is tantamount to waging war against Islam. The post Hijab: Denial of right to hijab is war against Islam'Al-Muminaat appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Southeast Muslims of Nigeria (SEMON) has commended President Muhamadu Buhari for appointing Christians of the North into positions of trust, adding that the appointments of Boss Gida Mustapha from Adamawa as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Edward Lametek Adamu from Gombe state proved that he belongs to all Nigerians.The post Southeast Muslims praise Buhari on appointments appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The 30th summit of African Union leaders in Addis Ababa on Monday came at a moment when the continent is struggling to find its bearings.The post From Africa: A status report appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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